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China’s school dropouts a growing concern for economy in transition

HUANGCHUAN VILLAGE, China: Every day after lunch, Qu Yexiu used to potter around her house in north west China doing housework and looking after her two-year-old grandson. Now, every day after lunch, Qu and her grandson visit the newly opened early-childhood development center in their village of Huangchuan in the mountains of Shaanxi province, where he can play with other toddlers. “Things are better now that we have this village center,” said Qu, 56. She looks after her two grandchildren while their parents work and…